this problem is happening to
this problem is happening to many different makes of cars. i have a 2003 toyota carolla this problem started this past year. i called toyota service and of course they act like this is the first they heard of this and of course they want you to bring it in. its got to be something with the new pump these
stations are installing. i didn't have this problem six months ago. theres people having the same problem at the same time i 'm trying to fillup. just look on the internet and see how many thousands of complaints there are concerning this problem. car dealers won't admit there is a problem with the pumps because they see this as an opportunity for more service calls to rip people off.
The same thing has happened
The same thing has happened to me. In fact, I ran out of gas on the freeway. Not an enjoyable experience. I will also try this trick to see if if doesn't fill up for me. The most I can fill the tank up to these days is 8 and a half gallons-which is pretty darn pathetic for a nearly 12 gallon holding tank. If other Prius owners are having this issue, what will it take to get this issued resolved with a recall?
Read the other thread on the
Read the other thread on the Prius fuel bladder.
bottom line: Prius has a flexible rubber bladder, not a solid metal fuel tank.
And the bladder gets stiff and less flexable in the winter.
EVERY Prius ever made only holds 8 or 9 gallons during the winter. But goes back to full capacity when the weather gets about 60 deg or so..
This happens frequently -
This happens frequently - automatic shut off trips after starting to pump. I tried 2 different gas stations last week without success, so took it to the dealer. They had "no problem filling tank (albeit only 2 gallons total at 2 stations), and found no problem". Obviously per this forum, I'm not the first Prius owner with this problem, and I'm unhappy with this dealer's unwillingness to admit that it problem exists and offer suggestions about coping with it.
I tried again yesterday, and self-service assistant was also unsuccessful in pumping more than a few gallons when gauge showed half empty tank. However as I drove away, the gauge went to "full", so now I'm convinced that I have a gauge AND tank problem.
If I didn't have sentimental attachment to this car (late sibling's), I'd sell it tomorrow.
2008 Prius in Florida so no
2008 Prius in Florida so no real cold winter. We do not have the reduced capacity issue described during cold months but we do have the gas pump problem. Recently it has gotten worse. I am glad to see I am not the only one; and very happy to see the cause on these posts.
Yes, these dealers know about it, it is just a pisser that they address it by saying it is operator error or misunderstanding. I wonder if they get guidance from Toyota corporate on these responses.
My problem is not some much
My problem is not some much getting the gas in the tank-I have developed a techinque of pulling the nosel as far out as I can get it and pumping slowly. The problem then is that there is a hugh blowback of gasoline all over the car and the concrete and maybe all over my foot if I do not hustle out of the way-happens EVERTIME I fill up. I am somewhat used to it even though I hate it. Car never gets more than 43 mpg but I drive it at highway speeds 90% of the time (65). If I were driving in the 40 mph range I am sure it would improve. Car now has 60k miles on it and runs just like the day I bought it. I will buy another one.